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Genesis Super Customizer


Genesis Super Customizer adds options to customize colors, create a fixed header that shrinks on scroll, upload logos, edit footer credits, and much more, all through the native WordPress Customizer interface.
It’s the easiest way to customize the design of the Genesis theme or your custom Genesis child theme.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This plugin is designed to work with the Genesis Framework and the Genesis Sample Child Theme only, not all premium Genesis child themes like Author Pro, Parallax Pro, etc. It no longer duplicates and overrides all the stylesheet from the Genesis theme or Sample Child Theme, but not all settings will work with all premium child themes.

There’s over 100 options to customize and tinker with, but you can easily change the look and feel of your Genesis theme with just a few options.

NEW: Reset button is now available! Restores the default settings with a single click (after confirmation).

Shortcodes are now included for the theme colors chosen with the customizer:

  • [themecolor] – Add the main theme color to text
  • [themebg] – Add the main theme color to the background
  • [accentcolor] – Add the accent color to text
  • [accentbg] – Add the accent color to the background
  • [bgcolor] – Add the background color to text
  • [mainbg] – Add the main background color to the background

You can use html in the shortcodes and they are stackable as well:

[themebg]This is an [bgcolor]example[/bgcolor] of awesome genesis super customizer shortcodes. [accentbg][bgcolor]Check out this[/bgcolor] <a href="">link</a>.[/accentbg][/themebg]

For designers that want to use html you can instead use the classes that each shortcode corresponds to and add them to html elements.

  • [themecolor] – theme-color
  • [themebg] – theme-bg
  • [accentcolor] – accent-color
  • [accentbg] – accent-bg
  • [bgcolor] – bg-color
  • [mainbg] – main-bg

You can import and export your design templates. Use them as starter templates to speed up your design process.

More information can be found at

Please note this plugin requires the Genesis theme (a premium WordPress theme) to be activated.


Please follow on Twitter @SuperCustomizer for the latest updates.

Detailed documentation is coming soon.

You can also submit questions and suggestions at

Future Updates

Here are some planned updates for the near future

  • Filters For Developers To Add Their Own Settings
  • Additional Menu customizations for submenus
  • Additional Content customizations for entry meta, blockquotes, and more.
  • Genesis Premium Child Theme compatibility
  • Compatibility with other Featured Genesis plugins
  • Change Featured Image And Title Order
  • WooCommerce compatibility
  • More extensions for other popular plugins
  • Requests by you! Send requests on Twitter @SuperCustomizer.


  • Overview of customizer option sections.


  1. Upload to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Use the WordPress Customizer to change and adjust settings.


How do I install/import a customizer template?

From your WordPress admin navigate to the Genesis > Import/Export menu. Click “Choose File”
and location your .json customizer template file. Click “Upload File and Import”. You should see
a success notification on the top.

How do I export my genesis super customizer setting to a template?

Just like importing a template, navigate to the Genesis > Import/Export menu. Check “Customizer Settings” under the Export Genesis Settings File dialog. Then click the Download Export File button.

How do I reset the genesis super customizer options?

In previous versions, you needed to upload the default settings via a .json file, but not anymore. There’s a simple reset button at the top of the Customizer, right next to the save button.

Does it work with premium Genesis child themes from StudioPress?

In short, no. Genesis Super Customizer isn’t tested with premium child themes such as Parallax Pro, Author Pro, etc. It is meant to replace the need to edit your CSS file in your Genesis parent theme or custom child theme (like the Sample Child theme).
It should work fine with just about any custom child theme based off of the Sample Child theme, but options on premium themes will probably not work correctly. There are future plans to incorporate add-ons for premium child themes.

UPDATE: This is still not completely tested, but now that Genesis Super Customizer adds no styles by default, you should be able to customizer specific sections of the theme without breaking it.


January 8, 2019
The plugin is much more stable and the new features really make it worth while. Powerfully easy to design a Genesis child theme!
December 30, 2017
This plugin does some of the things one needs like enabling one to customize theme elements like color, etc. But it doesn’t permit you to customize font sizes except in the header. It’s pretty basic. And hence of limited use. Also, it hasn’t been upgraded in nearly 2 years. The author may have abandoned it.
May 21, 2017
Using Genesis News Theme. When activating this plug-in it completely messes up the menu etc..Covers the menu with a ugly dark brown color, and changes the font. My orignal font is not available. Tried twice to modify it to something decent, but no way to. Can’t find no documentation on the plug-in. At least it looks okay again when de-activating the plug-in. NB: Nice to see 5 star ratings from people who havent even used it, makes it look like a very trustworthy average rating.
October 3, 2016
Genesis is my favourite way to work with WordPress. This plugin really offers a single-handed solution for a 99.99% of customization questions I get. It’s everything you need ! Really.
September 3, 2016
I have not tried out this plugin because I’m not using the Genesis Sample Child Theme, but it looks like a really good plugin to have. Keep up the good work. I hope to use this plugin in the near future.
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Contributors & Developers

“Genesis Super Customizer” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.2.2 – January 6, 2019

  • Better organize sections and panels.
  • Move new genesis custom logo to header logo section.
  • Add separate Reset and Remove value controls to sliders.
  • Fix GSC global setting for Options or Theme Mods to default properly when not yet set.
  • Add body font setting.
  • Other minor fixes.

1.2.1 – January 2, 2019

  • Make sure the line height of the header menu items match the logo when using the fixed shrink header option.
  • Removed genesis_sample_link_color and genesis_sample_accent_color from newer Genesis Sample child theme.
  • Upgrade notices and readme updates.

1.2.0 – December 31, 2018

  • Made all default options empty so only the styles set will be applied. Clicking reset button will set all options to empty as well.
  • Added settings panel with global setting to use Options (default) or Theme Mods.
  • When Theme Mods are used instead of Options, Live Previews are enabled for most styles (most colors, basic styles and some built in settings).
  • Improved range sliders (thanks to Anthony Hortin, derived from his development) with reset and direct number input.
  • Defers and loads async any public scripts to help with page load speed.
  • Moved custom fixed header styles to inline instead of adding another stylesheet. One less resource to load. (Hurray for fast page loads!)
  • Moved Header Settings Section to new Header panel, and separated older Header Settings options in it’s own section.
  • Fixed spacing on default footer credits.
  • Fixed known errors with array keys undefined.
  • Misc error fixes.
  • Code and comment clean up

1.1.0 – March 19, 2016

  • Added reset button to Customizer actions (no more uploading a file to restore defaults!)
  • Code and comment clean up

1.0.7 – March 16, 2016

  • Fixed button class links focus state colors to adopt theme color for buttons and menu links.
  • Fixed pagination link focus state colors to adopt theme color for buttons and menu links.
  • Fixed misspelled variables.
  • Color Style updates.
  • Comment clean up.
  • Only calls in fixed header scripts when needed.
  • Deactivates within the appropriate hook.
  • Added active callback to panels, removed active callback filters and replace with functions.

1.0.6 – December 5, 2015

  • Fixed focus state colors to adopt theme color for buttons and menu links.
  • Fixed flex crop feature, wasn’t checking value correctly.
  • Updated for WordPress 4.4 compatibility

1.0.5 – September 29, 2015

  • Added Link Decoration option for hover and focus states.

1.0.4 – September 29, 2015

  • Menus and Navigation section is now a under the Menus section and renamed to Menu Styles to comply with new Customizer updates.
  • Fixed undefined call to genesis_get_option error.
  • Fixed Enews Slick Form. Form was not assigned position: relative correctly.
  • Added Link Decoration option to be able to override new Genesis 2.2.2 styles.
  • Updated plugin description.

1.0.3 – July 10, 2015

  • Added shortcodes for colors chosen in the customizer.
  • Updated plugin description.
  • Updated FAQs.

1.0.2 – May 28, 2015

  • Added title area padding option to help center title & description within logo height.
  • Updated FAQs.
  • Typo fixes.

1.0.1 – May 26, 2015

  • Header image background-size set to “contain” to utilize logo width & height.
  • Fixed min-height header size (set to initialize outside of mobile query) so it overrides default 160px.
  • Fixed width factor for footer widgets.
  • Added alignment options for primary & secondary menus.
  • Added option for eNews Extended widget “Slick Signup”.
  • Updated header settings descriptions.
  • Updated plugin description.

1.0 – April 18, 2015

  • Initial release.